Article written by Maureen Ames, IACC Member
At the September 14, 2017 meeting, we were treated to guest speaker Akemi Matsubuchi. As a professional photographer for over 25 years and an instructor at NAIT, she is more than qualified to speak about "Critiquing Images."
Akemi stressed that the vocabulary and tone of a critique are important. Feedback makes us vulnerable, and a critique should be a learning process. She shared a couple of catch phrases that could be used to lead into comments that may be interpreted as being critical: 'room for opportunity,' and 'moving forward.'
Akemi also described the four parts of a critique that are noteworthy:
The goal of a critique is to help a photographer learn and grow. It points out what the photographer is doing well, and what he/she could try differently.
Akemi packed a lot of information into a short presentation.
I know we all look forward to learning more from her in
Further Details about Four Parts of a Critque
Carefully interpret topics within a shared culture
Consider form/shape/depth/texture/direction/mood & emotion
“Says” something about your value of the image
"A photographer’s growth, both technical and artistic, is a lifelong pursuit. An essential part of growth is the giving and receiving of feedback. Both these parts can be intimidating and a few tips of how to navigate these landmines are starting points for a healthy dialogue around image critiquing." - Akemi Matsubuchi
Facebook: Akemi Matsubuchi Photography - https://www.facebook.com/akemimatsubuchiphotography/
Linked In: Akemi Matsubuchi - https://www.linkedin.com/in/akemi-matsubuchi-27a2b330/
Akemi also shared a link for creative inspiration (for those who like travel and like photographing people) and it speaks to how intent is so important in creating images: https://petapixel.com/2016/10/29/vulnerability-key-great-art/
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